- By Debbie Emery
With Broadway shut down through the summer, we’re all lacking the cultural entertainment that we’re used to. Thankfully Disney+ is here to save the day as the Mouse House’s streaming channel premieres the film version of Hamilton on Friday, July 3 — just in time to celebrate the United States’ birthday.
The film is a live recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s iconic hip-hop musical and was edited together from three different performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City in 2015. Miranda stars in the titular role of Treasury Secretary and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with the original cast including Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo and Ariana DeBose playing other key roles.
If you’ve not yet seen Hamilton either on Broadway or at the Pantages, then shame on you — but at least you don’t have to wait until October 2021, which was the planned release date for the film. It’s described as a “leap forward in the art of “live capture,” transporting the audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way.” While we’re not quite sure what that means … everything Miranda touches turns to gold so we trust his judgement. Hamilton has already won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical — is an Emmy next?
“Hamilton” is streaming exclusively on Disney +.